A report on the progress of metric conversion in Canada is given in this article, mentioning specific events as catalysts, such as the creation of the Standards Council of Canada and the Metric Commission. A comparison with U.S. progress shows that Americans are no further along in the process. The Canadian Government Specifications Board operates a screening device in order to insure that publications are giving out accurate metric information to the consumer. This applies to only Canadian publications, however; as a result, many foreign periodicals present gross misinformation. Those involved in metric conversion are beginning to believe that its greatest advantage is rationalization of standards. The Standards Council is working on providing standards and correlating them with foreign ones as well. The results of the efforts of the many and varied agencies and commissions that are planning so determinedly are beginning to sift down to the level of the consumer. There is still much work to be done, however, and it is concluded that metric conversion is more a means in itself, rather than an end.

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    American Society for Testing and Materials

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  • Authors:
    • Dodd, W B
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

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  • Accession Number: 00136346
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 1976 12:00AM